Manastir Dubnica

Božetići, Nova Varos

Dubnica Monastery - the most important information

The monastery of the Milesevo diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church is located in the village of Bozetici on the slopes of Mount Javor. Near this village is Lake Sjenica. The monastery was renovated in 2007 and is open for visits. It is only 20 km away from Nova Varos, and the Uvac Special Nature Reserve can be reached from it with a short drive.

History of the Dubnica Monastery
It is believed that the monastery was founded in the 14th century. There are records of its previous condition that describe a building with rosettes, carved portals and altar niches that may be of royal origin. At the beginning of the 15th century, the Dubnica Monastery was built on the foundations of an old building that was located there. The date on the remains of the fresco proves that the monastery was built and decorated with an iconostasis in 1422. Most of that building has not been preserved.

The monastery was on the rise during the time of Patriarch Gavril Rajic-Raskovic, who was the founder of the monastery. History connects the origin of the monastery with the Nemanjic family and their old endowments, which were restored by the Raskovic family.

Conservation works carried out by the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments from Kraljevo were done before the beginning of the renovation of the monastery in 2003. With the help of the Milesevo Diocese, the Municipal Assembly of Nova Varos and private donors, the renovation was completed in 2007. According to the project of the architect Veljko Vuckovic, the monastery was built of stone and whitewash from the ground up.

Significance of the Dubnica Monastery
  • The Dubnica Monastery has been declared a cultural monument of exceptional importance
  • Arsenije Carnojevic spent his last winter in this monastery before he led the people to Great Migrations
  • The church of the monastery is dedicated to the Holy Trinity
  • On December 26, the monastery celebrates the Holy Patriarch of Serbia, Gabriel, as its patron saint 
What to see
In the monastery church and within the monastery complex are:
  • Iconostasis: the work of woodcarver Miroslav Trbusic and icon painter Ivan Kovalcev
  • The bell tower
  • A small fountain
  • Wooden konak for monks
  • Monument to the Holy Patriarch of Serbia Gabriel 
How to get to the Dubnica Monastery?
The fastest way to get to the village of Bozetici is from Nova Varos by car, which takes only 25 minutes. During this ride, you will pass through the Uvac Special Nature Reserve, so it is possible to plan a trip to both places on the same day.
  • By car: from Nova Varos, take Solunskih Boraca Street to the E-763 highway, which you follow to the monastery. On that drive you will pass by the Rijeka picnic area and Kafana Bozur, after which the destination is not far. 
Additional information
To enter the church it is necessary to follow a specific dress code that includes covered shoulders and no short pants, skirts or dresses.


Type of Attractions
  • Brige
  • Museum


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